The research is done into the many senior living options available. Everyone has talked it through and come to the conclusion that the pros of moving to a new home outweigh the cons. Still, it’s hard to make the call. How do other people take the step? To boldly go. To make their move.
It might be helpful to know why other people made their decision, and the input we’ve heard from our residents. Understanding the motivations of others can help with understanding and identifying what is really important – to grab the reins and make it happen.
The Top Eight Reasons People Make the Move
1. I needed help managing my household tasks.
Let’s face it. Housecleaning for most people has always been a chore; however, it's a nice change when you think of someone else doing it, especially when the yard work that you once enjoyed may feel like more of a chore these days. When moving into a retirement home, household tasks are left behind – unless, of course, it’s a source of enjoyment. Discuss the services wanted, as well as the ones to keep doing, when thinking about the move.
2. I was feeling a bit lonely and wanted to make new friends.
Living at home can be fulfilling – but also lonely at times. Isolation can have negative effects on health and well-being. In a senior living residence, residents are surrounded by people who are about the same age, who have similar interests, and who are eager to enrich their lives with friendship.
3. I was looking for a stronger sense of community.
A retirement home is much more than just a place to live. It becomes special because of the people who live and work there, and for its strong sense of community. It’s a place where everyone belongs – where there’s independence and freedom to choose when and how to get involved. There is always lots to do, from recreation to special dining events to clubs and classes and much more.
4. I liked the thought of someone else doing the cooking.
For many, this is high on the list. Retirement homes offer delicious, healthful, chef-inspired meals in a variety of welcoming settings, such as pubs, bistros, cafés and dining rooms. There are lots of dining choices, without having to clean a dirty dish afterwards. And residents who still want to make a favourite recipe have the option to use common kitchen areas, and even demonstration kitchens led by talented chefs.
5. I felt I was at the stage where I couldn't live safely on my own anymore.
Whether this is driven by health concerns or a lack of accessibility in the home, safety and well-being are deciding factors for many people. Remember, when choosing retirement living, you are choosing personalized services and care when and if needed. Everyone is unique, and so are their health and wellness needs. That’s why we provide flexible support for the unique physical, mental and social needs today – and those that may come up tomorrow.
6. The amenities sounded too good to pass up.
Guess what? They really are. Depending on the retirement residence chosen, our residents choose from taking a swing on a golf simulator, taking a swim in an indoor pool, creating a masterpiece in the art studio, watching a classic film in the theatre, playing fetch with fluffy friends in the dog park, and the list goes on. There really is a wide variety of amenities – take a tour at the residences you’re considering and find out what they offer.
7. I didn't want to be a burden on my family.
As we age, there are complicated feelings about what age and any challenges faced mean for loved ones. This may particularly hit home when needs are being fulfilled by a family caregiver. Most retirement residences offer care services, with some even offering specialized memory care. This decision is about feeling more independent and being confident about getting the support needed.
8. I was ready and excited to move on to this next phase of life.
Hooray! The future is bright indeed, for so many reasons. One is that Canadian seniors make extraordinary contributions to society. By embracing this next stage and making the move to a retirement residence, our residents’ lifestyles support how they make a difference.